Accomplished photographers will display their craft

CHAMPAIGN — An exhibition of photographs by several accomplished photographers from throughout the country will open Monday at the Parkland College Art Gallery.

The opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday will feature a talk at 7 p.m. by Parkland photography and video associate Professor Peggy Shaw, who curated the show.

An additional lecture by exhibit artist Richard Gray will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 29 in the gallery.

"Shift: Contemporary Photography Exhibition" will remain on display through Feb. 2.

"Shift" reveals the experimental and exploratory spirit of today's photographers, whose use of contemporary photography processes and related technology allow audiences to glimpse the world of familiar objects in startling new ways, according to Shaw.

"Photographers have always had to integrate creativity, technology and process — responding to light, adjusting lenses, translating pixels to paper," she said in her curatorial statement. "As photography evolves, photographers must, but what is truly revealing are the ways they respond: Open to both contemporary and historical processes now considered alternative, subject and process are twisted to reveal new ideas."

The photographers represented in "Shift" are studio artists and faculty at several U.S. educational institutions:

— Bruce Checefsky, director of the Reinberger Galleries and adjunct professor in liberal arts at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

— Dana Fritz, professor, Department of Art and Art History at the University of Nebraska.

— Richard Gray, associate professor of photography and chairman of the Department of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Notre Dame.

— Christa Kreeger Bowden, associate professor of art at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

— Joyce Lopez, studio photographer, Chicago.

— Michael Sherwin, assistant professor in photography and intermedia at West Virginia University.

— S. Gayle Stevens, instructor of photography at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

— Sonja Thompsen, studio photographer, Milwaukee.

Working with a variety of equipment such as digital cameras, webcams, video cameras, microscopes and even scanners, each artist reveals his or her viewpoint on the natural world, structured worlds and/or body, Shaw said.

"These works are not only captured but created," she said. "New technology and processes do not replace the old but add to the options for artists to interpret, and then express their ideas."

Shaw received her master of fine arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her bachelor's of fine arts in painting from the University of Illinois. She has shown her photographic works nationally and won numerous awards in photography and video.

Parkland gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. The gallery will be closed from 5 p.m. Nov. 21 through Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving, Dec. 22 through Jan. 6 for winter break and Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For more information, call 351-2485 or visit http://www.parkland.edu/gallery.

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